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#1 Jerry Entin

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 13:24

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Here are Kenny Smith and Frank Lyons having a chat.

Frank Lyons has come to New Zealand from England.
Ken Smith has won the F-5000 group Historic events held in New Zealand the last two years running. He is going for what we call the Hat Trick. That is 3 wins in a row.

Kenny Smith is 67 years young and all us old guys on the Forum hope he shows the Historic crowd the way home as they say. His racing group is called the: HISTORIC RACING CLUB/NZ FORMULA 5000 ASSOCIATION

Wally Willmott is currently at these Historic events and is sending the Forum members these pictures to enjoy.

photo Wally Willmott

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#2 Jerry Entin

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 13:39

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BRM Formula One car
This car is in New Zealand for some Demonstration runs.

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#3 David McKinney

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 17:22

The word "vintage" applied to these sort of cars seems quite acceptable in the US, but not in New Zealand, which prefers the British definition :)

#4 Dick Willis

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 20:52

Hear, hear !

#5 Twin Window

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 22:08

Originally posted by Jerry Entin

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I can never see too many photos of the P201... :love:

#6 Jerry Entin

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 22:11

David: Wally Willmott corrected me and I have changed the title and the wording in my post.

And David if you attend any of these events could you post some photos for the forum to enjoy. In Michigan where I am now it is in the teens. I know the weather in New Zealand is slightly better.

Stuart: I agree, it is a very nice looking car.

#7 David McKinney

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 23:33

Thanks for the title change, Jerry :up:

Happy to post any photos I take at these events, but it's not likely I'll be attending any this year. I'm further away from NZ than you are at the moment :)

#8 275 GTB-4

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 00:26

Today/tomorrow is the Christchurch Casino Lady Wigram Trophy Meeting and coming up is the Skope Classic part of the Southern Festival of Speed, which has been held at Levels (Timaru) and Teretonga (Invercargill) but this year I believe at Ruapuna.

The meetings are run by....

http://www.canterburycarclub.co.nz/

worth it to see a small bunch of CanAm cars alone :up:

PS Thanks Jerry...I was under the impression that Mr Smith was a septagenarian though :)

#9 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 04:30

275GTB 4: Here is a nice interview by Kenny Smith given in 2006 where he says he was 65. So he could be approching 68. I have been told he was 67. I could be wrong.

http://msn.autotrade...294967259&No=75

#10 275 GTB-4

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 05:43

Good story on Ken there...

I don't want to dwell and there is no agenda here, but...

"Smith began his racing career with a Ford 8 special before moving to one of NZ motor racing’s most famous cars, Bruce McLaren’s Austin Ulster. That was in the mid-1950s,..."

So...say he was born 1942, that means he would have been a 13-14 year old lad racing "in the mid-1950s".

#11 David McKinney

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:52

I think his first season was 1958/59
Can't turn up his DOB at the mo', but I think he was 16 when he started - in NZ in those days you could get your licence at 15 (don't know if that's still the case)

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:58

born August 1941 AFAICR

Can't dredge up a day

#13 David McKinney

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 08:27

Report just in from the NZ F5000 Association:

There was drama in the first MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series race at the Christchurch Casino Lady Wigram Trophy meeting at Christchhurch's Powerbuilt Tools Raceway this afternoon as American visitor Jay Esterer (McRae GM1) turned the tables on fastest qualifier Tony Richards (Lola T332) and series points leader Ken Smith (Lola T430) after an all-action first lap.

Richards got the jump on fellow front row starter Smith and fifth fastest qualifier Esterer as the 17-strong field thundered away from the rolling start only to have Esterer rocket past both and into a lead he was destined not to lose on the short straight between turns one and two.

That was just the beginning too, as first Ian Clements (Lola T332) then Smith spun, Clements exiting turn 2, Smith turn 7.

While those around him managed to stay on the track when Clements spun, all hell broke lose when it was Smith's turn, with Richards and a closely following Stan Redmond (Lola T332) spearing off the track to avoid Smith, whose Lola T430 ended up prone in the middle of the track.

Incredibly, the following pack managed to avoid Smith and as the dust cleared he, Richards and Redmond were able to continue and though he had to wait for the rest of the field to pass before he could get back on the track celebrated New Zealand veteran Smith set the fastest race lap as he worked his way back up to sixth at the flag.

With Smith, Richards and Redmond forced into fightback mode, Esterer went on to claim an easy debut New Zealand win from sixth fastest qualifier Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) and the man driving the sister car to Smith's, David Abbott.

Clements made his way back to fifth at the flag, Smith sixth and Redmond 11th.

Unfortunately both Stuart Lush (McRae GM1) and Tony Roberts (McLaren M22) were early meeting scratchings after mechanical problems (a broken half-shaft in Lush's case, a malfunctioning oil pump in Roberts') after qualifying, and top race prospect Roger Williams (Lola T332), who qualified fourth, didn't make the grid after his car's clutch failed as the Auckland man tried to leave the pits.

The Christchurch Casino-backed Lady Wigram Trophy continues tomorrow with a second race in the morning and the final Lady Wigram Trophy feature race in the afternoon.

This weekend's meeting marks the beginning of a busy month for the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Revival Series contestants, with the fourth round of the 2008/09 series at Pukekohe on the January 24-25 Auckland Anniversary weekend and the fifth and final the weekend after (Jan 31-Feb 01) at Taupo.


#14 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:04

Qualifing Times Saturday 17th Jan 2009

1 23 Tony Richards Christchurch Lola T332 1:20.338
2 4 Kenny Smith Auckland Lola T430 1:21.107
3 30 Ian Clements Christchurch Lola T332 1:21.134
4 63 Roger Williams Dury Lola T332 1:21.175
5 29 Jay Esterer Canada McRae GM1 1:21.273
6 88 Sefton Gibb Napier Lola T332 1:21.314
7 25 Stan Redman Christchurch Lola T332 1:23.500
8 44 Aron Lewis Australia Matich A50 1:23.563
9 1 Aaron Burson Pukekohe Talon MR1-A 1:23.803
10 22 Stuart Lush Auckland McRae GM1 1:23.889
11 3 David Abbott Christchurch Lola T430 1:24.496
12 33 Steve Ross Dunedin Lola T142 1:25.443
13 20 Tony Roberts Auckland McLaren M22 1:25.553
14 14 Russell Greer Blenheim Lola T332 1:25.939
15 21 Lyndsay O'Donnell Christchurch Begg FM5 1:29.290
16 47 Poul Christie Auckland Lola T190 1:32.379
17 9 Hamish Paterson Auckland Chevron B32 1:33.783
18 19 Frank Lyons England Begg 018 1:35.038
19 39 Kerry McIntosh Auckland Begg FM2 1:36.044
20 8 Kerry Anderson Auckland Lola T142 1:37.191

#15 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:09

Results from the 6 lap Saturday race

1 Jay Esterer (best lap 1:22.83) Winner
2 Sefton Gibb
3 David Abbott
4 Aaron Burson
5 Ian Clements
6 Ken Smith (fastest lap 1:20.721)
7 Aaron Lewis
8 Tony Richards
9 Steve Ross
10 Russell Greer
11 Stan Redman
12 Lidsay O'Donnell
13 Poul Christie
14 Frank Lyons
15 Hamish Paterson
16 Kerry McIntosh
17 Kerry Anderson

Kenny Smith spun while in 2nd place on lap one creating a fair amount of chaos among the following cars thankfully there was no contact. In making up lost ground Kenny Smith set the fastest lap.

all reporting Wally Willmott

#16 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:13

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Kenny Smith's mother and sister and David Abbott

Kenny Smith's mother and sister were here at Ruapuna today - seen here talking to David Abbott. Kenny's mum is 92 and turns 93 in March - she still attends most of his races and is as bright as a button.


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#17 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:23

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Frank Lyons with Richard Box

The container containing 3 cars for Frank Lyons A T400 for him to drive, A T332 for his wife Judy to drive and his Gurney Eagle 5000 for his son Michael to drive, also Mark Dwyers T400 and Phil Maugers M23 F1 McLaren, was delayed though shipping confusion and is currently sitting on a wharf in Melbourne.

Thanks to a generous offer from Noel Atley - owner of the 018 Begg - at least Frank had a drive for the weekend.

Seen here with Richard Box, a local lad who has just spent the last year in England working for Frank and is now home to start a Race car maintenance business.

photo Wally Willmott - reporting Wally Willmott

#18 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:34

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Lindsay O'Donnell in his Begg FM 5

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Kerry McIntoch in his Begg FM 2

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#19 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:47

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Roger Williams Lola T-332
I meet Roger Williams last summer at Elkhart Lake, where fellow forum member Duncan Fox was helping him. He finished a very fine 2nd at Elkhart Lake in a very large F-5000 field.
I know in the first race he experienced clutch problems. I am expecting Roger Williams to show way better form in the coming races. He is a very nice young man and a credit to the Formula 5000 group.

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Russell Greer Lola T- 332


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#20 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:56

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Hamish Paterson Chevron B-32

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Tony Roberts in his M22 McLaren

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#21 275 GTB-4

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:05

Originally posted by David McKinney
I think his first season was 1958/59
Can't turn up his DOB at the mo', but I think he was 16 when he started - in NZ in those days you could get your licence at 15 (don't know if that's still the case)


Yes it is...no passengers and one licenced driver only in the car with you though :)

#22 Alan Cox

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:05

Sorry to learn that Frank Lyons' cargo is still stuck at the docks. Frank and his family are stalwarts of the historic F5000 scene in the UK and his three cars would have added to what already looks like a great grid. A very generous gesture by Noel Atley to provide Frank with a drive.

#23 David McKinney

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 11:22

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4
Yes it is...no passengers and one licenced driver only in the car with you though :)

Those restrictions didn't apply in my day (or Kenny's)

Jerry
I think the Talon pic is miscaptioned- looks much more like a Chevron to me :)

#24 Patrick Fletcher

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 11:56

Originally posted by David McKinney

Those restrictions didn't apply in my day (or Kenny's):)

No restrictions in 1960 - you just got your licence and you could take your whanau with you - choice


I think the Talon pic is miscaptioned- looks much more like a Chevron to me :)


Maybe a B 32.

#25 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 13:42

David:
The Chevron B-32 #9 listed as being at these races belongs to Hamish Paterson. It is my fault that I didn't look at the picture that well when I was posting it. I have corrected it above. It came to me mislabeled.

In 1972 Sid Taylor and I helped Brian Redman run his Chevron in the states in the F-5000 series there. I sure should know a Chevron when I see one. Thank you for the correction.

#26 Vicuna

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 15:22

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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Kenny Smith's mother and sister and Tony Abbott

Kenny Smith's mother and sister were here at Ruapuna today - seen here talking to Tony Abbott. Kenny's mum is 92 and turns 93 in March - she still attends most of his races and is as bright as a button.


photo Wally Willmott - reporting Wally Willmott


Not Tony - David Abbott

#27 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 15:28

Vicuna: I will have to talk to our cub reporter over there. He is trying. I have corrected the name above.

If you are able to attend any of these events take some pictures for the forum members.
Thanks for the correction.

I Talked to Cub Reporter:
Our cub reporter is now afraid to say anything. He has turned in his Cub reporter credentials and now is only the chief photographer.

If we want him back reporting:

Please don't say anything he says is wrong on the forum. Send me an e-mail and I will correct it.

Or we have no reports coming.

It is his first assignment and he feels the forum members are too critical. Give him a break, Please.
He is trying his hardest. And I feel his photos are very enjoyable.

Here are the remaining races in the series:

Rnd 3: January 17-18 2009 Lady Wigram Trophy meeting Powerbuilt Tools Raceway @ Ruapuna Park (ChCh, NZ)

Rnd 4: January 24-25 2009 HRC Tasman Cup Revival meeting Pukekohe Park Raceway (Pukekohe, NZ)

Rnd 5: Jan 31-Feb 01 2009 HRC Taupo meeting Taupo Motorsport Park (Taupo, NZ)

#28 275 GTB-4

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 00:03

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
Vicuna: I will have to talk to our cub reporter over there. He is trying. I have corrected the name above.

If you are able to attend any of these events take some pictures for the forum members.
Thanks for the correction.

I Talked to Cub Reporter:
Our cub reporter is now afraid to say anything. He has turned in his Cub reporter credentials and now is only the chief photographer.

If we want him back reporting:

Please don't say anything he says is wrong on the forum. Send me an e-mail and I will correct it.

Or we have no reports coming.

It is his first assignment and he feels the forum members are too critical. Give him a break, Please.
He is trying his hardest. And I feel his photos are very enjoyable.


Thanks Jerry...talking through the side of my mouth in a low voice...me for one, most grateful for the posts from the Cub Reporter..:love:

#29 Peter Leversedge

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 06:30

Ken Smith has won the rain shortened Lady Wigram Trophy F5000 race at Ruapuna

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 07:26

A dramatic days racing it was. The 6 lap warm-up just before lunch had Jay Esterer again blast past those ahead of him at the start and using his engines prodigious power he stayed ahead to win on the road but was docked 10sec for a jumped (rolling) start, dropping him to 6th. Certainly he was VERY aggressive at the start but as the race progressed Roger Williams (T332) and Ken Smith (T430) were hounding him through the twistier bits - Esterer braking noticeably earlier, and slower through the corners, only to blast away accelerating out of corners.

Clouds gathered all afternoon but it wasn't until the final warm up lap for the Lady Wigram race that the rain began to fall, with the cars very quickly sending up rooster tails. Red flag and into the pits for wets (except Roger Willliams and Aaron Lewis who didn't have any and were forced to sit the race out. David Abbott discovered his front wets did not fit on the car, but went out anyway circulating very bravely on slicks. Esterer had to use hand grooved slicks that his team had prepared that morning).

After all the build up Ken Smith blasted away to a solid victory, though had to survive wildly changing conditions to do so. Showers came and went until finally a deluge dumped itself over Ruapuna, forcing the race to end at 13 laps. Behind him Tony Richards was steady, Ian Clements and Stan Redmond recovered strongly from early spins, and Esterer came a ballsy 5th spending much of the race sideways on his grooved slicks.

1. Ken Smith Lola T430 - his 3rd Lady Wigram Trophy win, others in 1976 (T332) & 1991 (formula pacific)
2. Tony Richards Lola T332
3. Ian Clements Lola T332
4. Stan Redmond Lola T332
5. Jay Esterer McRae GM1

If I can work out how to post images will put some up later.

#31 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 10:16

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Duncan Fox and Tony Roberts
The boys are doing a bit of Palmistry to figure out what the weather is going to do.
Goffer: Thank you for the race report. Very well done.
Here is the full race finishing order:
Fastest lap: Ken Smith 1.19.859
Race 3 (Lady Wigram Trophy)

1. Ken Smith 19.37.283
2. Tony Richards +34.100
3. Ian Clements +47.381
4. Stan Redmond +1.12.952
5. Jay Esterer +1.15.822
6. Russell Greer +1.57.277
7. Lindsay O'Donnell +1 lap
8. Poul Christie +1 lap
9. Frank Lyons +1 lap
10. Hamish Paterson +1 lap
11. David Abbott +2 laps
dnf Kerry Anderson., Aaron Burson
dns Roger Williams, Sefton Gibb, Aaron Lewis, Steve Ross, Kerry McIntosh

photo Wally Willmott - race report sent to site Wally Willmott

#32 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 10:31

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Jay Esterer pre setting his seat belts before the main race.

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Tony Roberts and Graham McRae helping Jay Esterer
Tony Roberts, who had blown a motor late yesterday, seems to be playing a game of 'Hands On' with Graham McRae, and Jay Esterer.

Jay Esterer had no 'proper' rain tires and so when the rain started and the cars were called in to change to 'Wet's' he fitted a set of worn slicks that Graham McRae had hand grooved for him this morning 'just in case'.
He did very well to complete race distance, and in his words "Had some very hairy moments."


photos Wally Willmott - reporting Wally Willmott

#33 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 10:53

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Very wet start to the Lady Wigram Trophy race

Our great and much loved reporter Wally Willmott has got to the mystery of the real date of birth for Kenny Smith. Wally got the answer from Ken's mother and sister. He was born August 11, 1941.

In Wally's words:
"When Ken Smith won the rain shortened race today he returned to the pits to a hero's welcome. A most popular and well deserved win."

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 10:58

A little off this subject how many Begg 5000s were made?
There was one here in South Aust owned by Alan Knitsche, is that FM5 that car as my very dim memories it looks similar.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:11

There also was a second race held at this event:
Race 2 (6 laps)
1. Roger Williams 8.14.691
2. Ken Smith +0.201
3. Tony Richards +2.924
4. Ian Clements +5.656
5. Stan Redmond +6.725
6. Jay Esterer +9.242
7. Sefton Gibb +13.364
8. Aaron Burson +13.996
9. David Abbott +19.521
10. Steve Ross +27.861
11. Russell Greer +31.666
12. Lindsay O'Donnell +33.107
13. Aaron Lewis +59.094
14. Frank Lyons +1.01.296
15. Poul Christie +1.05.244
16. Hamish Paterson +1.07.815
17. Kerry McIntosh +1.25.567
18. Kerry Anderson +1.34.312
Fastest lap: Ken Smith 1.19.859

#36 David McKinney

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 13:07

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle
A little off this subject how many Begg 5000s were made?

One spaceframe car built from a sportscar
Two FM2s
One FM4
Two FM5s
and 018

...and before anyone asks, the FM3 was a Formula Ford model

#37 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 14:13

Here is the race write up:
EVENT REPORT
HISTORY REPEATS AS SMITH WINS LADY WIGRAM TROPHY RACE FOR A THIRD TIME

History repeated itself at the Christchurch Casino Lady Wigram Trophy race meeting at Christchurch's Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna on Sunday as veteran New Zealand racing driver Ken Smith won the Lady Wigram trophy race and with it the coveted Lady Wigram Trophy for a third time in four decades.

He did it in style too, starting the rain and hail-lashed Trophy race late in the afternoon from pole position and pulling away from the 13-strong MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series field until the race was red flagged on the 13th lap.

"I'm no lover of the rain but honestly, " Smith said afterwards, " it was magic out there. Just magic. And being in a Lola again, it was just like 1976 all over again."

That year Smith won his first Lady Wigram Trophy for the first time behind the wheel of the Lola T332 Formula 5000 single-seater he used to contest the original Tasman Series that season.

He won the Trophy for a second time 14 years later behind the wheel of a Swift DB4 Formula Pacific car and a third time today - 33 years to the day after winning his first - behind the wheel of the Lola T430 he has been driving in the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series for the past two seasons.

Making the occasion even more auspicious was the fact that the car was tended this weekend by Barry Miller and Phil Richardson, two of the mechanics who worked on the Lola T332 Smith used to win the Lady Wigram Trophy for the first time back in 1976.

Prepared by FAST COMPANY on behalf of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association. www.F5000.co.nz

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 18:28

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle
A little off this subject how many Begg 5000s were made?
There was one here in South Aust owned by Alan Knitsche, is that FM5 that car as my very dim memories it looks similar.


Lee, Im thinking you may be thinking (!) that the blue car shown in these photo's is a Begg FM5, when in fact it is a McRae GM1 - due to the fact that they were very similar in appearence to the casual eye. Both had the 'classic coke bottle' mid chassis bulge, made that way to centralise the weight of the fuel load. Both were inspired by the McLaren M19 F1 car - as Graham McRae has said if McLaren had been willing to sell him a M19 tub for him to graft an F5000 motor onto he would never have built the GM1. And George Begg worked for McLaren for a few years, and as the story goes came home to NZ with a few useful items from their superceded parts bin !!

There were around 15 GM1's made (in the UK to Graham's design), and only 2 FM5's (which were made in NZ in Drummond (southland) and Christchurch). NZ is doing well to preserve the heritage of these machines - there are 4-5 GM1's in NZ, and a Begg FM2, an FM4 and FM5 still being raced / demonstrated regularly.

#39 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 21:42

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Kenny Smith with the Lady Wigram Trophy.

This great photo has been lent to the Forum by Ross MacKay.

photo - Fast Company/Sport Pro Media - copyright 2009
photo scanned for site - Ross MacKay

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#40 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 21:53

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Kenny Smith on his way to his 3rd Lady Wigram Trophy.
Kenny Smith did a great job under very wet conditions and won his 3rd Lady Wigram Trophy. Driving his Lola T-430 F-5000 car.


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Posted 18 January 2009 - 21:54

Originally posted by Jerry Entin
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Hamish Paterson Chevron B-32


Blimey, the old John Cussins hillclimb car then? Really?

Absolutely terrific thread Jerry - superb!

#42 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 22:03

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Group photo of the F-5000 drivers in the series.

MCS: We have to thank Wally Willmott.
Without his effort this site wouldn't be possible.
And now we have to thank a new friend of the Forum, Ross MacKay. He has allowed us to view and made the effort to scan and send to us the very best high quality photography of this event.
And Fast Company/Sport Pro Media for allowing the forum members to see their unbelievable work.

And also Terry Marshall for allowing the forum members to view his great photos.

photo Terry Marshall - copyright Terry Marshall 2009

#43 Muz Bee

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 23:56

Great thread Jerry (and other contributors)! I am looking forward to being behind a camera at Taupo in a couple of weeks time where (as at Pukekohe next weekend) there will be a full multicamera (6 - I think) TV coverage - delayed on SkySport.

Does anyone on the thread know the comparisons for power with the same cars in the mid 70s? I rather gather that there has been a very significant increase with metallurgy and lubricant improvements.

Thanks to everyone connected to the revival and this thread.


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#44 Michael Clark

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 01:00

Thanks Wal for a great thread - see you on Friday!

#45 David Pozzi

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 01:49

Thanks so much Jerry, this thread gives me hope I can keep driving my Lola T-70 well enough for a few years more, I'm 58 now. :clap:
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#46 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 05:19

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Jay Esterer, Edmonton, Canada, McRae GM1

This picture captures the 'atmosphere' before the Lady Wigram Trophy race got under way-those black clouds had moved across the circuit and dumped rain just as the race was tostart - everyone came in for wets, and within 15 minutes the wind changed and the clouds came back dumping torrential rain !!

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#47 275 GTB-4

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:29

Originally posted by Muz Bee
Does anyone on the thread know the comparisons for power with the same cars in the mid 70s? I rather gather that there has been a very significant increase with metallurgy and lubricant improvements.
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I would bet my left knacker that horsepower is up on the old days Muz...not to mention lubrication and tyre technology :up:

#48 Jerry Entin

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:06

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Kenny Smith and his best girl at the trophy presentation.
Also in photo are Kenny Smith's crew members Barry Miller and Phil Richardson. They were with Kenny Smith in 1976 when he also won the Lady Wigram Trophy.

photo Terry Marshall - copyright Terry Marshall 2009.

#49 Jerry Entin

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:13

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Jay Esterer seen here leading Kenny Smith

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#50 Jerry Entin

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 02:44

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Jay Esterer had a very high profile crew chief at this event.
Graham McRae himself, a very welcome sight at these Historic races.
Graham McRae was the Tasman Series Champion three years in a row, from 1971 to 1973, also taking the US F5000 Championship crown in 1972. He was the 1973 Indy 500 Rookie of the year to name just some of his accomplishments.

photo - Terry Marshall - copyright Terry Marshall 2009